New Series Alerts…

The first full week of 2014 brings a couple a few new series our way. Jenn Bennett begins her new Bitter Spirits series with the release of her book of the same name, Bitter Spirits.

bitter spiritsSynopsis…

It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…

Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.

Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her…

On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise…

Up next is the Shadow Guild series from Christine D’Abo. The first book is called Gilded Hearts.

gilded heartsSynopsis…

Samuel Hawkins, Sergeant in the King’s Sentry, has been called in to investigate a murder case. As he awaits the Archivists to arrive—the team who will use a special device to extract the memories of the dead man to help find clues to his murder—he never expects to come face to face with the woman he’d left behind when he’d fled the Archives five years earlier.

Piper Smith has grown from the girl Samuel remembered into a strong woman and full-fledged archivist. Shadowed by her mentor, Master Ryerson, Piper will be performing her first extraction. When she sees Samuel, she must push aside her childhood crush, else risk her standing within the Guild.

As the two begin working together to find the killer, Samuel and Piper explore their intense attraction to each other. But “Jack the Ripper” proves to be harder to catch than the two originally thought. What’s worse, they discover he may very well work for the Archives. Now, Samuel and Piper must battle internal and external threats as they try to foil a plot against the Crown and stop Jack the Ripper from taking his next victim.

There are a couple of young adult additions this week, too. Alyxandra Harvey‘s new Witching Season starts up with the release of A Breath of Frost.

a breath of frostSynopsis…

In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?

The final one for this week is from Cate Tiernan. Darkest Fear is the first book of her new Birthright series.

birthrightSynopsis…

Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been in the process of updating the new release dates, and I was surprised to find a few new covers I missed over the last couple of days. Must’ve been off my game or something. Anyways, this first one is from Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampires series. Blood Games will be released on August 5th.

blood gamesThis second cover is from Caris Roane. Chains of Darkness is due out of July 1st.

chains of darknessCharlaine Harris is starting up a new trilogy next year called Midnight, Texas. The first book is called Midnight Crossroad, and it is due out on May 6th.

midnight crossroad_front mech2.inddGrim Shadows, the second book from Jenn Bennett‘s Roaring Twenties series, will be released on June 3rd.

grim shadowsRevenant, the next book in Kat Richardon‘s Greywalker series, will be released on August 5th.

revenantThese last two are young adult. The P.C. Cast House of Night novella compilation, Kalona’s Fall, will be released on July 29th.

kalona's fallAnd finally, the print edition of the Throne of Glass novellas from Sarah J. Maas, called The Assassin’s Blade, will be released on March 13th.

the assassin's bladeWhich of these are you most looking forward to? I am a book behind in the Chicagoland Vampires series, and while I haven’t read anything from Charlaine Harris I find myself interested in her new trilogy.

 

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Well, I am still adding the great recommendations you all made to the “101 Series to Read Before You Die” page – and we are at about 50. There are quite a few left to go, so thanks again to all who took the time to respond.

On the new cover side of things, Goodreads provided a few new ones in the last couple of days. This first one is author Jenn Bennett and her Arcadia Bell series. Banishing the Dark will be released on April 29th.

banishing the darkThis second cover is from Dianne Sylvan‘s Shadow World series. Shadowbound will be released on March 25th.

shadowboundStone Cold, the second book from Devon Monk‘s Allie Beckstrom spin-off series called Broken Magic, will be released on April 1st.

stone coldThe cover is out for the second book in A.A. Aguirre‘s Apparatus Infernum series, Silver Mirrors. It will be released next year.

silver mirrorsAnd the final one for today is from Margaret Stohl‘s YA Icons series, this one called Idols. It will be released next July 8th.

idols

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

New day, a few new covers. It looks like there are quite a few making the rounds, but I only found four that caught my eye. This first one is for the upcoming St. Croix Chronicles novella by Karina Cooper called The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway. It is due out on August 5th.

strangewayDark Heat is a print compilation of the three Dark Kings e-novellas from Donna Grant, which is due out on December 31st.

dark heatThis next one looks like fun. Bitter Spirits is the first book in the new Roaring Twenties series from Jenn Bennett, which will be released on January 7th.

bitter spiritsAnd last but not least is the cover for the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill, Wild Things. Love the consistency in these covers…and wolfie in the background, too. Look for it next February.

wild things

New Release Dates…

So, it is that time again, and I am starting an author-by-author update. So far, I have only the A’s and B’s done, but it still offered up a few books to be added to the New Release pages.

  • Jus Accardo starts up a new YA series called The Darker Agency with the release of Darker Days this August.
  • Midnight Breed #12 from author Lara Adrian, Crave the Night, will be released this December.
  • June 2014 will see the release of Brooklyn Ann‘s third Bite book, A Bite at First Sight.
  • Zoe Archer‘s second Nemesis Unlimited book, Dangerous Seduction, will be out on November 26th.
  • Evertrue, the third book of Brodi Ashton‘s Everneath trilogy, will be out next January.
  • Jenn Bennett is starting up a new series next year called Bitter Spirits. The first book (also called Bitter Spirits) is due out next January, and it will be followed by Grim Shadows next June.
  • Nina Berry‘s third Otherkin book, Othersphere, will be released on December 31st.
  • Anne Bishop‘s second The Others book, Murder of Crows, will not be out until next March. Booo.
  • I thought that Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles series was done, but it looks like book 10 will be called Renegade, and it is scheduled for next July.

Cover Lover – Mega Edition

Wow, there has been a ton of book covers released in the last few days, most of which I got from either Goodreads or Amazon.  This first one is Black City from Christina Henry, the fifth book in the Madeline Black series, which is due out on February 26th.

I forgot to up this one last cover lover post.  Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar is the third book in Lexi George‘s Demon series, due out next February.

This first young adult cover is from the popular Morganville Vampires series.  Rachel Caine will release Fall of Night on May 7th.

Devon Monk may be wrapping up her Allie Beckstrom series, but the Age of Steam series is still going strong.  Cold Copper will be out on July 2nd.

The third book of Lynn Viehl‘s Lords of the Darkyn series, Nightbound, will be released on May 7th.

M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series continues on April 2nd with the release of the third book, Iron Kin.

Emerald Green is the title of the third and final book in Kerstin Gier‘s Edelstein Trilogy, which is due out sometime next year.

The next Arcadia Bell novel from Jenn Bennett is called Binding the Shadows, and it will be available on May 28th.

It looks like the upcoming anthology, Enthralled, will feature a story from Lora Leigh‘s Breeds series.  There are also stories from Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, and Lucy Monroe.  Look for it on July 2nd.

The first book from Ann Aguirre‘s (writing as A.A. Aguirre) upcoming Apparatus Infernum series, Bronze Gods, now has a cover.  It will be released on April 30th.

It looks like there was a novella from the Sharie Kohler Moon Chasers series that I totally missed.  Darkest Temptation was released on October 30th.

Still going…Darkness Bred is the second book from Stella Cameron‘s Chimney Rock series, which should be available on May 28th.

Robin D. Owens will release the next book in her Celta Heartmates series, Heart Fortune, on August 6th.

This one is…pink.  Very pink.  Hearts of Shadow is the second book from Kira Brady‘s Deadglass series, which is due out on May 7th.

And finally, the cover has been released for the second book in Bec McMaster‘s London Steampunk series.  Heart of Iron will be out on May 7th.

There were a few more, but they haven’t really been put “out there” yet, so I am holding back a bit.  Which one or ones did you like from this batch?  Any that you can’t wait to get your hands on?

New Series Alert

Not only are there a couple of new series getting their start this week, but there are also a couple coming to an end, from what I understand.

The first new one is from the Arcadia Bell series from author Jenn Bennett, called Kindling the Moon.

Synopsis…

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sex magick and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

This one will be followed by Summoning the Night in February of next year.

Next up is one I am looking forward to.  After reading Kendra Leigh Castle‘s Highland Werewolves trilogy, I have high hopes for Dark Awakening.  It is the first book in her Dark Dynasties series.

Synopsis…

Tynan MacGillivray is Cait Sith, a casteless hunter whose kind stalks the fringes of a vampire society dominated by the four pureblood dynasties. Only his prowess as a ruthless killer has set him apart, elevating him to the inner circle of Arsinöe, queen of the ancient vampire house of Ptolemy. But all he has gained over the centuries of his life is threatened as an invisible evil is unleashed upon the noble house he serves, fracturing fragile alliances and sparking talk of all-out war between the vampire clans.

It falls to Ty, most favored hunter of the queen, to find the one mortal who may be able to save the Ptolemy: a Seer. But finding one of that ancient bloodline is far more difficult than anyone anticipated, and time is running out…until Ty meets Lily Quinn, the only woman he has ever struggled to resist, and the one woman he is forbidden to have.

Lily may be exactly what Ty needs, a mortal Seer whose visions will allow the dynasty to root out the source of all its troubles, and take revenge. But as Ty carelessly turns Lily’s well-ordered world upside down, he soon discovers that the beautiful professor is much more than she seems. For Lily bears the mark of a dynasty long dead, and her secrets threaten to rock the very foundations of the vampire underworld. Together, Lily and Ty will discover whether loyalty is more important than truth, whether love can flourish in the shadows of betrayal, and whether blood really is destiny.

Midnight Reckoning  will be the second book, due out on January 1st.

There are also two series saying goodbye this week.  Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione bring to a close their ACRO series with their release of Taken by Fire (written under the name Sydney Croft), and the Dark Days series from Jocelynn Drake also comes to an end with the release of Burn the Night.

Random Updates…

Soooo, every six months or so, I show just how dull my life is by going through the new release schedules, month by month, and plugging each and every author’s name into Amazon.com and Goodreads to see what they have coming out next.  Then, I check each author’s website and blog to see what is going on, too.  Then I update the “coming attractions” for each series.  I said life was dull, right?

Anyhow, I have made it through July 2011, and all of the reading lists for each title should be completely up to date, and all links added where available.  On my searches, I found some coming soon info on quite a few series…

  • Book 10 of The Hollows series from Kim Harrison will be called A Perfect Blood, and is scheduled for release on February 21st.
  • MaryJanice Davidson will be starting a Mermaid trilogy with the release of Underwater Love on February 7th.
  • January 3rd is the release date for the fourth book in Richelle Mead‘s Dark Swan series, called Shadow Heir.
  • according to Patricia Brigg‘s website, we will have to wait until the spring of 2013 for the next Mercy Thompson book, title as yet TBA.
  • Alien Diplomacy will be the title of the fifth Katherine Katt book from Gini Koch, and it should be available on April 3rd.
  • Devon Monk‘s 6th Allie Beckstrom book, Magic Without Mercy, will be an April 3rd release.
  • The third book in the new Debbie Mazzuca MacLeod series will be called King of the Isles.  Look for it in early January.
  • Book number six in the Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampires series will be called Biting Cold, due out in September 2012.
  • All Things Wicked is the title for the third book in Karina Cooper‘s new Dark Mission series, and it is scheduled for release on January 24th.
  • The Argeneau Rogue Hunter series from Lynsay Sands is still going strong.  Number 16, Under a Vampire Moon, is due out on January 3rd.  This one is a hardcover release.
  • Siren will be the title of the third book from Kristina Douglas‘ Fallen series.  Release date TBA.
  • The very busy Allyson James will continue her Stormwalker series in 2012 with the release of the fourth book, Nightwalker.  No official release date available as yet.
  • Sweetblood, the new series from Laurie London, will continue next February with the release of the third book, called Tempted by Blood.
  • April 2012 is the release date for the second book from the Arcadia Bell series from Jenn Bennett.  It will be called Summoning the Night.
  • The big number 1-0 for the Kitty Vaughn series will be called Kitty Steals the Show.  No release date available as yet for the Carrie Vaughn book.
  • Summer 2012 is the general release date for the third book in Stephanie Julian‘s Forgotten Goddesses series.  Looks like Goddess in the Middle is literally that, since it lists three main characters.
  • Queen Betsy continues.  Number 11 in the MaryJanice Davidson series will be called Undead and Unstable, and should be out early next year.
  • There is a bit of a wait for the next Indigo Court book from Yasmine GalenornNight Seeker, book three, is scheduled for release next June.
  • For the Dreg City followers, the fourth book in the Kelly Meding series will be called Wrong Side of Dead, and should be out on January 31st.
  • and finally, Dianne Sylvan will release her third Shadow World book, Shadow’s Fall, next March 27th.